Birthday Week

We celebrated a couple birthdays at home this week. Our little “puppy” Nellie turned 3–which basically means we can’t call her a puppy anymore. I still remember bringing her home almost three years ago. She was only 12-ish pounds and had big ol’ paws and puppy eyes.

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And now she’s, grown into her paws, her back legs are solid muscle, and she’s pushing 40 pounds. We had decided she’s a beagle-fox hound mix, but now I’m thinking that she’s just an “over sized” beagle. We know her mom was a pure-bread beagle, but since she was basically a rejected orphaned puppy when we got her, we don’t know. We still love her to pieces anyway :)

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And the other birthday we celebrated this week was mine—I turned 26. It’s not a milestone birthday, so it’s quite the anticlimactic age to turn. Because my birthday was during the week this year, we met up with a bunch of friends in Soulard for some drinks. It was a very low-key, but fun night. I was able to snap this one photo of the Hubs and myself.

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Can you believe his beard? Now don’t get me wrong, I love men with facial hair, but his is getting waaaay too long. He has a bet going with all of his buddies and he’s not allowed to trim or shave the beard until January. I hope we’re not mistaken as a homeless couple while on our trip this fall. Oh, wouldn’t that just be hilarious.

My co-workers reaped the benefit of my birthday when I brought in cupcakes. I made vanilla bean cupcakes with a strawberry filling and almond-vanilla buttercream. Recipe to come later!

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Speaking of cupcakes…the Hubs gifted with three new recipe books that I am so excited to dive into. I had asked for the book Frostings by Courtney Whitmore and was surprised with not only that book, but two others as well. I also received an extra mixing bowl (a glass one with a lid and a handle!) for my KitchenAid. So now I won’t have to stop and wash a bowl between making batter and frosting.

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We went to Acero in Maplewood for dinner on my actual birthday. I mentioned wanting to go there a couple of years ago, yet we have never been until this week. My review: it was delicious. We both did the tasting menu, which includes four courses. My dessert of choice was the caramel panna cotta (similar to custard) topped with a caramel sauce and smoked sea salt. Yum.

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I did also take advantage of Missouri’s tax free weekend and Famous Footwear’s BOGO sale and bought a couple new pairs of heels. Happy birthday to me!

—m.

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